ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS -- Members of the First Presbyterian Church will celebrate Pentecost by dressing in red for this Sunday's 10 a.m. worship service.
The Rev. Michael Riley's sermon marking the birthday of the Christian church is entitled "Where's the Fire" and will focus on the fiery power of the Holy Spirit for every day life.
The minister will continue his "mystery bag" children's sermon series during which youngsters try to "stump the pastor" by putting personal "treasures" in small bags and challenging him to create a message from the contents. Sunday school will follow the children's sermon.
The adult choir, directed by David Nunez, will perform "Lord, We Come to Ask Your Blessing" as the introit and "There Is a Higher Throne" as the offertory anthem.
Riley has been an ordained minister since 1985 and served as the pastor of three Baptist churches over a period of 20 years before turning to journalism full-time in 1997. He has been pastor at the Atlantic Highlands Presbyterian Church for three years and a regular preacher before that.
He is as columnist, staff writer and an editorial writer for the Asbury Park Press. His weekly column, "The Irreverent Reverend," appears in The Press on Fridays.
The 123-year-old, handicapped-accessible Presbyterian church at Third and E. Highland Aves. has extra parking available in the new municipal lot next to the Christian Education Building on East Highland Avenue.
The church provides child care during all worship services.